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October 20, 2009

Cardinal assistant GM John Abbamondi

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ October 20, 2009 9:40 pm


“The foundation of all analysis tends to go back to scouting, but that’s one guy sitting in a ballpark, and you can’t have people at every game,” he says. Statistical tools like Pitch F/x, which delivers data on every pitch thrown, can help confirm or refute the more subjective analysis. “Say a scout went to see a prospect and wrote a glowing report,” says Abbamondi. “We can check that game data to see if it’s consistent with this pitcher’s other games. If the data shows us that the pitcher was doing something a little different that day, maybe the scout caught him on a very good day. We might not realize it was an outlier without that data.”

h/t Tango

If Beckham changes positions

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 20, 2009 8:54 pm
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it won’t be shortstop:

“I’m not saying he’s not a good shortstop,” Guillen said of Beckham. “I think if he moves somewhere, it should be to second base. The last three months, (Ramirez) played pretty good.”

Also, Ozzie put Jayson Nix and Brent Lillibridge on notice again:

“I expect those two guys to change their games and play the way we think they can play,” Guillen said. “They have to go out and give us better at-bats. If they don’t, we have to go a different way.”

Nix batted .224/.308/.408/.716 with 28 BBs and 64 Ks in 290 PAs.

Lastly Scot Gregor speculates about a possible bullpen pickup. Gregor throws out the name of Will Ohman.

Dave Cameron would like to trade for John Danks

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB — The Wizard @ October 20, 2009 3:59 pm

Dave Cameron’s 2010 Seattle Mariners plan:

Trade Jose Lopez [2B], Mark Lowe [RHRP], and Jason Vargas [LHP] to Chicago for John Danks [LHP].

I’m hanging up the phone if I’m Kenny. Good, young LHPs don’t grow on trees. Plus, we don’t need another .300 OBP and we have Getz and Nix @ 2B.

UPDATE: Here’s the BBTF thread. I like this comment (#42): “Non-elite second basemen are cheap. Why would I trade a good young starter like Floyd or Danks for Lopez so you can sign Hudson, when I can just sign Hudson myself and keep the pitcher? Or Kennedy, Polanco, Freddy Sanchez if Hudson wants to play somewhere else?”


Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ October 20, 2009 1:44 pm
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Mesa Solar Sox vs. Peoria Javelinas: Boxscore, Gameday. Jordan Danks is playing RF. Dayan Viciedo is playing 3B. Justin Cassel is the Starting Pitcher. Weather: 76 degrees, sunny.

UPDATE: Peoria won 14-10:

Jordan Danks: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throw), .389 AVG
Justin Cassel: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 K, 1 BB, 0 HR, 9.53 ERA
Matt Long: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 6.75 ERA
Sergio Santos: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 K, 1 BB, 2 HR, 5.40 ERA

Here’s Tom Carkeek’s Justin Cassel article.

Gordon Beckham named Sporting News AL Rookie of the Year

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 20, 2009 12:32 pm


On Tuesday afternoon, the 23-year-old, who didn’t even play his first big league game for the White Sox until June 4, was named one of The Sporting News’ 2009 Rookies of the Year along with Philadelphia hurler J.A. Happ. This award was selected by a panel of 338 Major League players, many of them who clearly appreciated Beckham’s value to the South Siders.

In 378 at-bats over 103 games, Beckham batted .270 with 28 doubles, 14 home runs and 63 RBIs. Beckham posted a .347 on-base percentage, drawing 41 walks against 65 strikeouts, and finished with a .460 slugging percentage.

He led all AL rookies in doubles, RBIs and extra-base hits (43), while finishing second in slugging percentage, home runs and on-base percentage. Beckham had 18 more RBIs than Baltimore’s Nolan Reimold, who finished second among AL rookies with 45.

Videos from Gordon Beckhnam’s 2009 games:


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